Mexico Sentences 15-Year Old American-Born Killer To Prison

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Top Story— Mexican authorities sentenced a 15-year old, American-born boy to three years in prison for torturing and murdering four people. Edgar Jiménez Lugo, who went by the nickname “El Ponchis”, shocked Mexico due to the gruesome nature of his murders when he was arrested last December. He was 14 at the time of the murders. Mexican authorities said that Lugo confessed to killing four men and hanging their bodies from a bridge in Cuernavaca, a town near Mexico City. Lugo, who was born in San Diego but raised in Mexico, claimed to have started killing for drug cartels when he was 11 and earned $200 a week for committing the crimes while drugged and under threat. The 15-year old’s case highlights the increasing number of minors used in Mexico’s drug war. A report released in October by Mexico’s attorney general’s office said the number of minors charged with drug-related crimes had increased to 810 in 2009 from 482 in 2006.

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